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The world is not as God intends it to be. God's heart is to make things right, and for the world to be just. But complex problems warrant more sustained attention than quick posts on social media. How can we actually make a difference? Activist Mae Elise Cannon takes us beyond the hashtags to serious engagement with real issues. God calls the church to respond substantivel ...more
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Published May 26th 2020 by IVP
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Alex Rea
May 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
In the age of social media, the conversation regarding social justice is ubiquitous in its reach. However, for most people (myself absolutely included), it can be much easier to remain behind the screen in my online conversations than it would be to actually effect material change in the world around me. It’s one thing to talk about the injustice of abortion; it’s quite another to seek out opportunities to serve the women in need at my local pregnancy care clinic.
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Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mae Elise Cannon wrote this book "to draw us toward deeper understanding of God’s heart for justice. The God of the Scriptures cares deeply for the poor and oppressed and responds to the cry of the needy . . . Many of the stories told here— stories of oppression, injustice, rejection, isolation, and poverty— are about people who have been crushed in spirit." In my mind she has accomplished this and provided for us ways we can bring our activism to life.

This book covers a variety of current issue
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beyond Hashtag Activism: Comprehensive Justice in a Complicated Age is a very comprehensive and well-researched book, yet is also very readable and practical. Author, Mae Elise Cannon, is no stranger to social justice topics, having written numerous books since publishing The Social Justice Handbook in 2009 and serves as Executive Director of the Churches for Middle East Peace. Cannon begins by outlining why social justice should be important to Christians and that salvation and justice are both ...more
Steven C.
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Writing a review for “Beyond Hashtag Activism," which was released less than 24 hours after yet another murder of a black man by a white police officer, feels incredibly insensitive. George Floyd. Before reading further can we pause? Can we say his name? Can we say a prayer for his family? Can we pause and hold space for the injustice that permeates our white-supremacist culture here in the United States? Can we also hold space for the injustice that permeates the world outside of the United Sta ...more
Carrye Burr
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I most love about this book is that it doesn't shy away from a diversity of perspectives on social justice issues. Cannon does a surprisingly good job of weaving together and summarizing a range of social justice concerns. Though the wide scope of her book limits her ability to fully flesh out any one area of social justice, her commentary is far from shallow or generic. She brings in thoughtful research, numerous years of personal experience in the justice issues she shares, and outside pe ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon’s latest book is like a field guide to contemporary issues seen through American Christian binoculars. She knows her substantial agenda has limits: “This book doesn’t cover all that there is to cover on questions about the church, civil society, advocacy, activism, and biblical justice. Rather, it seeks a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and intersectional approach to many of the most critical aspects of domestic and global injustice--instead of viewing them in isolati ...more
Aune M.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Between the covers of the book author, Mae Elise Cannon, clearly lays out topics of injustice in a straightforward and accessible manner. She presents facts and figures, quotations and dates in addition to personal experiences and others’ stories as a call for readers to take a holistic approach to fighting wrongs, working together and making real change in our world. This is a timely book and a fantastic resource. Each chapter has a number of questions that can be used by an individual or a gro ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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When I saw this book, I thought the title was intriguing. Only a chapter or so into the book, I was hooked. Cannon gets it, I felt like she gets me. In the current political climate and actually in the shift in the past 30 or so years people who profess to be Christians will go along with those who give lip service but not actually carry out loving, feeding, caring for those who may look like us all under the guise of being an Evangelical or going against socialism or political correctness.

Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This has been a great book. It gives detailed information to help in understanding various social justice issues, as well as steps we can take to respond in a way that is helpful and impactful. Would recommend.
Dan Salerno
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mae Elise Cannon, author of BEYOND HASHTAG ACTIVISM, Comprehensive Justice in a Complicated Age, is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, former director of advocacy and outreach for World Vision US, and worked as a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International.

Cannon earned an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary, an MBA from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an MA in bioethics. She also earne
Laura Roy
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! As we navigate the times of social media activism, especially the #hashtag era we find ourselves at a loss as to where, how, and when to engage. Mae Cannon's book "Beyond Hashtag Activism: Comprehensive Justice in a Complicated Age" is a roadmap as to how to get from posting a #hashtag to truly engaging in justice advocacy. Cannon lays out the issues that we face from historical persecution to daily injustices. She then takes us on a journey from understanding to how we can actively partici ...more
Dennis Ticen
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Beyond Hashtag Activism" is a well-researched, well organized and challenging book. It's almost like a "catalog" for current social justice issues from a theological perspective, and while the author tries to be balanced, there are more than a few times where her perspective sneaks through and is quite evident. While I don't always agree with her, I did find myself challenged to think through the "why" of my perspective and to work at evaluating my thoughts in line with Scripture.

Cannon is best
Matthew Ross
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put the book down!

As someone who is on social media a lot and seeing hashtags for various movements I was intrigued by this concept. The book does not disappoint me. I was challenged and while there are viewpoints that I would not agree with I was able to wrestle and see things differently. If you are looking for ways to be involved past a hashtag pick up this book and see where you can go deeper!

My prayer is the same as Mae Elise Cannon’s at the end of the book: “..that this book mi
Mary Pauline M
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
( received a complementary copy in exchange for review )
Well written, interesting and thought provoking. A slight chance that I would re-read for a deeper connection.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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If you are at all interested in current social justice issues and how we can respond in a Christ-like way, then please pick up this book!
I didn't really know anything about Mae Elise Cannon before picking this up and was simply intrigued by the title/description on Netgalley. After reading the entire book in a few days, I can say that I am extremely impressed. This book is incredibly well-researched and well-written.

Cannon tackles some huge, controversial, and very complicated current issues w
Brandon Charlton II
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
In "Beyond Hashtag Activism" Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon urges the church to not seek justice but to seek comprehensive justice that goes beyond hashtag activism. She tackles comprehensive justice in five concise pieces. Part One focuses on what the Bible has to say about God's heart for justice and how the church should respond to justice. Part two is a focus on the injustice of poverty in America and globally. Part three is a focus on the injustice of racism, Dr.Cannon defines certain terms and ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly timely book for the world we find ourselves in. Mae does an incredible job of walking thru incredibly complex and nuanced issues while providing further resources and questions to get people thinking and started actually loving our neighbors. You can read the book straight-through, do it as a Bible study/book club or just read the relevant chapter on whatever topic you are wondering about.

It is not ok to turn away because we are overwhelmed or to blame those being oppressed because that
Aaron Hixson
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
It was fine. She’s an accomplished human and makes tons of valid points about humanitarian goals. But she too accurately represents the stereotype of the social gospel narrative for my taste - there is a genuine lack of concern for spiritual tightness with God here. That takes a lot for me to say these days...

It didn’t help that I got stuck in this book somewhere in the middle for a couple weeks. If I don’t power through a book I lose the heart of it sometimes.

It was fine. Just not great.
Linda Bumba
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very timely for today and every day!
Cara Meredith
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though Cannon and I differ theology in some areas, I appreciated the more-than thorough examination in several areas of justice and activism. Highly recommend!
Jamie Pennington
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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A very good book covering a multitude of topics regarding social justice.
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Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace. She is an author, speaker, and advocate who cares deeply about God's heart for the poor and the oppressed.

She is the author of Beyond Hashtag Activism (IVP, May 2020); co-editor of Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice (IVP, 2019); editor of A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land

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